6 Ideas to Shoot Beach PhotosWe all love the beach (ok at least most of us do). I love the concept of splashing around, making sand castles with my daughter, ice-creams and burying ourselves in the sand so that only our heads stick out. I love the whole thing. In the part of the world that I am from it is peak summer, all the more reason to hit the cold waters of the beach. Each year even it is for just once we make it a point to hit the beach. Read more...
Benefits of joining a photography classDigital photography is a vast field of specialized knowledge. Well, even if not many non-photographers appreciate it (one of the reasons why we have to deal with questions like, how can you possibly charge that much for taking pictures?), we photographers know that because our blood sweat and guts are spilled every day scouting for locations, making images, editing them and then putting them up for someone to say, ‘nah I could have easily done it’. Nothing makes oneangrier. But then due to the inherent nature of photography, being both a visual art form and the fact that it is highly subjective, everyone reserves the right to make a comment. Read more...
Low angle photography tipsOne of the least used perspectives in photography is the low angle. I bet every photographer thinks why get my camera dirty when my tripod can stoop down to inches from the ground? Well, can your tripod set the camera actually on the ground? I don’t think so. Because that is one of the camera positions that I am referring to when I say low-angle. About a foot and a half from the ground is no good when you want to capture something that is crawling on the ground or you want to capture something so unique which nobody else thinks of. You have to set your camera on the ground. Read more...
Advantages of a hand-held light meter over a built-in light meterIn one of the previous articles on this website I discussed in detail the many different metering modes and their advantages. Metering modes are what tells the camera what exposure value to use for a right exposure of a given scene. As you are already aware, there are any different types of metering modes. None of these are suitable for all situations though. Some photographers are particularly biased about certain metering modes. I in particular like the spot metering mode and normally my camera is always set to shoot on spot metering. The main reason is that being I can accurately select a spot that is middle-grey in the scene and set my exposure based on that. Read more...
How Properly Holding Your Camera Can Lead to Better PhotosThe way you hold your camera is almost as important as choosing the right kind of camera to shoot with in the first place. Think of it this way: a chef can use the fanciest of pots and pans, but if he doesn’t know how to properly stir the contents of those pots and pans, his food is not going to be his best work. While a tripod is the easiest way to ensure your photos come out crystal clear, lugging around and setting up a tripod before every shot is simply unrealistic. Here are 9 tips for holding your camera for the perfect shot. Read more...
Improving Photography Skills – Landscape ImagesThe title of this discussion might evoke a feeling that this is yet another mundane and clichéd discussion on the topic of tips and tricks of landscape photography. It is not. There is not dearth of such discussions on the internet and I would not be burdening you with another one. Instead, this discussion is about how to see an image in a scene and then to capture it for those who were not there. I am going to discuss about how you see beyond the obvious and right through the clutter of mundane. Read more...
Sports Photography: Tips and How-toEven if it’s not your chosen specialty, sports photography is something every photographer faces at one point or another (and another and another...). We photograph our kids’ soccer games for posterity, professional sporting events for the interest, and other fast-moving subjects because they’re right in front of us and we have a camera in our hands. Many of us even shoot children’s and amateur sporting events as an opportunity to sell our photos to proud parents. Whether it’s kids or professional athletes running down the field, knowing how to photograph fast-moving subjects is key to getting great action photos that can be shared and enjoyed. Below are ten useful tips for photographing sports that are sure to increase the quality of your action photos. Read more...
Portrait Photography Lighting TipsPortrait photography, especially when we talk about studio portrait photography, as a genre, is heavily dependent on lighting. Though there are two different aspects to shooting portraits, first lighting and then posing, they evidently both strive to make the subject look at his/her best. In this tutorial we shall be looking at the basic setups for a studio portrait session using artificial lights. Read more...
7 Silly Mistakes I Made as an Amateur Photographer

1. Leaving the lens cap on

Amateurs are guilty of making some of the most cardinal of mistakes. Although, we do tend to blame amateurs but professional are also guilty of the same mistakes from time to time. Call it oversight or just plain callousness, but leaving the lens cap on and then wondering why the viewfinder is so dark is something that we are all guilty of at one point of time or other. To overcome this issue, I have personally made it a point to look at the front of the lens before beginning every new photo session. This is just to ensure that I am not guilty of having left the lens cap on. It saves me from the blushes and the missed photo opportunities.

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How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 1Weddings are not only fun but they are also one of the most solemn of occasions. Two souls unite into one and take the momentous first step towards learning how to live together, take care of together and grow old together! As a wedding photographer you have enviable task, documenting all those precious moments on the couple’s biggest day. Read more...